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Chapter 3: Reading Lessons from the Classroom
In this chapter, we will present three lessons that we believe are particularly effective for addressing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Reading. In the first lesson for Grades 6–8, students discuss and analyze two texts, Journey of the Sparrows and The Arrival, and retell the story of the former using a graphic novel format. The second lesson, based on Macbeth, is appropriate for Grades 9–10 and requires students to analyze one of Macbeth's soliloquies and use its structure to compose their own soliloquies. Lastly, the Grades 11–12 lesson on Lincoln's Gettysburg Address engages students in a critical examination of well-known presidential speeches.
Within the first lesson, students examine how the authors of two very different ...